Tue, May 14, 3:31am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
These days, most games with ‘bubble’ in the title would make you think of mobile phone games similar to Candy Crush. Bubble Time from Bally is a pokie with a bath-time theme. Think lotions, suds and bright yellow rubber ducks and you’ll be on the right track. This is an older game, though still holds its own with bright, cartoon-like graphics.
There is a free spins bonus game, plus 2 different fast-paced picks games. With fewer than usual win-lines in play, you’ll find lining up 5 of a kind can bring you some welcome big prizes. Here are the key reasons to take Bubble Time for a spin, instead of taking a bath:
There are 3 bonus games and 3 sets of bonus symbols in this game – making the reels feel crowded on some spins. Symbols showing ducks and bubbles appear on the middle 3 reels. If you get 3 of one type on a single spin, you’ll trigger one of two picks bonus games:
3 of the water drop symbols will trigger either the hot or cold free spins bonus games. For both of these features, you get 10 free spins at your triggering bet. Both features come with separate bonuses.
For the hot spins, the duck and bubble symbols which would have triggered the picks games are replaced by wilds. Since these appear on the middle 3 reels, you will have plenty of extra chances to connect winning combinations.
For the cold spins, the wilds freeze – starting on the right – for each free spin. This gives you so many winning chances than Bally did not include a retrigger for this bonus (you can retrigger the hot spins!).
Most new slots have 40+ win lines (or use all-ways bets), making it unusual to play a 25 win-line game. This has the advantage of making your money go further, or your bets bigger per line if you prefer. You can play for just 25c per spin and up.
Higher paying symbols are those than show bath time accessories. These include shells, candles and even a bottle of wine. There are also lotions and bottles of bubble bath on the reels. It seems this pokie was designed before the more recent fad for bath-bombs came about.
Lower prizes come via playing card symbols. These can dominate the reels at times, though the smaller and more frequent wins certainly help to keep your bankroll topped up. Wilds (with bubbles) are in-play and can connect wins over multiple lines.
The art of the relaxing bath has been replaced with showers in these fast-moving times. A pokie themed on relaxation is a welcome idea! There are suds everywhere in this design, with the background of the reels showing a neatly tiled blue and white bathroom.
I like the way that the playing card symbols have been created. Each of these is cut into shape from a sponge and has a lot of bubbles underneath. The other symbols including rubber ducks and lotions, are simple line-drawings. The use of colours and bubbling sound effects do a great job of creating the right atmosphere. With so much action on the reels, the relaxation of bath-time will not last long!
As older pokies go, Bubble Time from Bally is certainly still worth a spin. While the graphics and animations do look a little dated, they are bright and smart enough work with the theme. There is plenty going on to keep you entertained. If you are not rescuing rubber ducks or popping bubbles, you could be enjoying either hot or cold free spins. For an entertaining walk down pokie memory lane, playing Bubble Time certainly beats staying in and having a bath.